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Lot #    26803
Auction End Date    6/15/2010 10:24:30 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Kunteres Kundesin ve-Aurat ha Pesach
Title (Hebrew)    קונטרס קונדיסין וצורת הפתח
Author    [Only Ed.] R. Zevi ben Moses Plato
City    Frankfurt am Main
Publisher    Elimelekh Slavitsky
Publication Date    1882
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   First edition. 101, [1] pp., 205:135 mm., usual age staining, nice margins. A good copy bound in contemporary half-cloth boards.
   Discourses on five she’elot asked by earlier sages, roshei mesiftot, by R. Zevi ben Moses Plato, morei zedek of the orthodox kahal Adat Yeshurun in cologne on the Rhine. The verso of the title page has the introduction, which consists of three lines, asking to be excused for errors. These are learned discourses by a Talmudic scholar. The first query is a ditch that is ten tefachim deep and four tefachim wide that has been closed for a length of fourteen amot, what is its status for zurat ha-pesach. The last discourse is on whether there is a true reshus ha-Rabbim in our times or not. The text is in a single column in square unvocalized letters. The volume concludes with a page of errata.

R. Hirsch b. Moses Plato (1822-1910), German rabbi and philosopher, was born in Halberstadt. He was educated by R. Sawel Eger and was married to the daughter of R. Samson Raphael Hirsch. A descendant of R. Moses Isserlis and a close friend of R. Israel Hildesheimer. R. Plato served as Director of the Jewish Seminary at Cologne and Chief Rabbi of the city. An erudite Talmudic scholar he wrote many legal decisions but is most noted for his Kutres Havla'at ha-Dam (Frankfurt on the Main 1889) in which he prohibits the speeding up of death of kosher slaughtered animals by any means. The issue continues today with animal rights groups demanding electrical stunning and similar proceedures for the speedy death of the animal. The decision was cosigned by 450 rabbis the world over. R. Plato was also involved in th resolution of the Agunah problem - still a burning issue to this day - and published several responsa on the subject.

Paragraph 2    ... חמש שאילתות די שאיל אנא קדמיהון דרבנן... צבי ב"ר משה פלאטא מו"צ לקהל עדת ישורון הפרושים פה קלוניא דעל רינוס.

ראינו טופס, שבראשו הודבק [1] דף, ובו "מודעא" מאת המחבר: קונטרס קונדיסי' שלי כתבתי... בחפזון... ומתוך כך לא נזהרתי כל צרכי... בכבוד חבריי ורבותי... ולאחר כלות הדפוס... היה מוסכם בדעתי לגנוז הקונטרס... והיה החבור גנוז אצלי... ולא הרציתיו אלא לפני מקצת אוהבים ומורי הוראה... לעיין בו כדי שישיבו על שאלותי ואדהכי והכי נמלכתי להוציאו לאור כמות שהוא וכל אלין מילייא... דמשתמעין כי זילותא... להוון בטלין... קלוניא, טו שבט תרמ"ד... בהמשך הדף: מפתחות לחבורי (תוספות קונטרס קונדיסין) שיצא לאור בקרוב. לא ראינו ואולי לא יצא.

   BE Kof 664; JE; CD-EPI 0179874; Wininger, Juedische National Biography
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Listing Classification
19th Century:    Checked
Germany:    Checked
Homiletics:    Checked
Novellae:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
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